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Maksutov-Cassegrain Catadioptric Telescopes

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  • Celestron Celestron NexStar 4SE Maksutov-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope - 11049
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  • Orion Orion StarMax 127 Maksutov-Cassegrain EQ Telescope - 09826
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  • Sky-Watcher Sky-Watcher Virtuoso 90 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain on Multi-Function Mount - S11750
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  • Sky-Watcher Skywatcher Skymax 90 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope OTA - S11500
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  • Sky-Watcher Skywatcher Skymax 102 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope OTA - S11510
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  • Sky-Watcher Skywatcher Skymax 127 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope OTA - S11520
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  • Sky-Watcher Skywatcher Skymax 150 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope OTA - S11530
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  • Sky-Watcher Skywatcher Skymax 180 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope OTA - S11540
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  • Meade Meade LX70 M6 - 6" Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA - 270023
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  • Meade ETX 90 with Free High Point Lunar & Planetary Filter Set  and 2X Barlow Lens
    Meade Meade ETX 90 Observer Computerized Telescope with Free Barlow & Filters - 205004
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  • Celestron Astro Fi 102 Mak-Cass Telescope
    Celestron Celestron 102 mm AstroFi Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 22202
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  • Meade Meade ETX 125 Observer Computerized Telescope with Free Barlow & Filters - 205005
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  • Meade 90 mm StarNavigator NG Mak-Cass Telescope
    Meade Meade StarNavigator NG 90 Maksutov-Cassegrain - 218005
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  • Meade 125 mm StarNavigator NG Mak-Cass Telescope
    Meade Meade StarNavigator NG 125 Maksutov-Cassegrain - 218006
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  • Meade ETX 90 Observer Telescope Bundle
    Meade Meade ETX 90 Observer Telescope Bundle - 205004-BUN1
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    Meade Meade ETX125 Observer Telescope Bundle - 205005-BUN1
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  • Explore Scientific FirstLight 127 mm Mak-Cass Telescope
    Explore Scientific Explore Scientific FirstLight 127 mm White Tube Maksutov-Cassegrain w/Twilight I Mount - FL-MC1271900MAZ01
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  • Explore Scientific FirstLight MAK152 Telescope
    Explore Scientific Explore Scientific FirstLight 152 mm White Tube Maksutov-Cassegrain w/Twilight I Mount - FL-MC1521900MAZ01
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  • iOptron iOptron 150mm Rumak Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA - 6101
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  • SkyWatcher 102 mm Skymax Mak-Cass Telescope OTA with AZ-GTi Alt-Az Mount & Tripod
    Sky-Watcher Sky-Watcher 102 mm Skymax Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA with AZ-GTi Multi-Purpose Mount & Tripod - S21120
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  • SkyWatcher 127 mm Skymax Mak-Cass Telescope OTA with AZ-GTi Alt-Az Mount & Tripod
    Sky-Watcher Sky-Watcher 127 mm Skymax Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA with AZ-GTi Multi-Purpose Mount & Tripod - S21130
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  • Meade 6
    Meade Meade 6" Maksutov-Cassegrain on LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - 217002
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    Meade Meade 5" LX65 Maksutov-Cassegrain with Alt-Az Single-Arm GoTo Mount - 228001
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    Meade Meade 6" LX65 Maksutov-Cassegrain with Alt-Az Single-Arm GoTo Mount - 228002
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  • iOptron Urban 90mm Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope with CubePro Alt-Az/EQ Mount
    iOptron iOptron Urban 90mm Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope with CubePro Alt-Azimuth Mount - 10090
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  • Orion Orion 150mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Optical Tube - 09967
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  • Orion Orion 180mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Optical Tube - 09969
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  • Orion 180 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope with SkyView Pro EQ Mount
    Orion Orion 180 mm SkyView Pro Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 24760
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  • Sky-Watcher Skywatcher Skymax 180 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope OTA - S11540 - Used
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  • Explore Scientific Explore Scientific FirstLight 127 mm White Tube Maksutov-Cassegrain w/EQ3 Mount - FL-MC1271900EQ3
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  • Meade LX85 6
    Meade Meade LX85 6" Maksutov Cassegrain OTA - 217023
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  • Meade 5
    Meade Meade 5" LX65 Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA - 228011
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    Meade Meade 6" LX65 Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA - 228012
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  • Orion Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo 180mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 24764
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  • iOptron Urban 150 Maksutov-Cassegrain on AZ Mount Pro
    iOptron iOptron Urban 150 Maksutov-Cassegrain on AZ Mount Pro - 10150
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  • Celestron CGX 700 Mak-Cass Telescope
    Celestron Celestron CGX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 12049
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Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes are very popular, especially in smaller apertures, due to their super portability and beautiful high-contrast views. A Maksutov-Cassegrain, also referred to as a Mak-Cass or more simply, a "Mak" telescope, is a member of the catadioptric telescope family and uses both mirrors and lenses in its folded optical design. One of the most popular Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes on the market today is the Meade ETX. This very compact telescope comes in two apertures (90mm & 125mm) with optical tube assemblies that are very short when compared to other telescope designs. This means you can pack a Mak-Cass telescope in a small case that can travel with you, even on an airplane!

A Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, or SCT, is very similar to a Maksutov-Cassegrain in their optics-to-tube-size ratio, but there are a few differences that a savvy consumer should know about before choosing between the two. The most important difference is the focal length, or the distance that starlight must travel once it enters the telescope before it comes to focus. A Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope has a longer focal length than a SCT. In fact, Mak-Cass telescopes have a focal length that is usually 5-7 times the length of their tube assembly!

Longer focal length telescopes, like Maksutov-Cassegrain's and classic refractors, produce more magnification than faster telescope designs, either through an eyepiece or all on their own, and therefore reveal a narrower field of view. You will also enjoy a darker background sky through a Mak telescope due to its longer focal length. This makes planetary viewing and observations of bright deep sky objects like tightly packed globular clusters or planetary nebulae a real pleasure. A Maksutov-Cassegrain also makes the perfect terrestrial spotting scope and can easily become a long lens when coupled with a DSLR for high magnification photography.

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